Adult Health

Adult Health Specialist in Las Vegas NV

At In Good Health PC, Dr. Thomas Sharon provides extensive care along with diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of common adults’ diseases and problems. Please call us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 2365 Reynolds Avenue, North Las Vegas NV 89030.

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Table of Contents:

What is adult health?
Why is your health important as an adult?
What is included in adult health?
When should an adult seek medical care?

An adult health specialist is a medical professional who works in the field of adult medicine. They have many roles and responsibilities, including the treatment of patients who are suffering from different diseases, the prevention of diseases, and the promotion of health. Adult health specialists often have a background in internal medicine, gerontology, or another field of medicine that specializes in caring for adults.

What is adult health?

Adult health, in its simplest definition, refers to the health of adults. More specifically, adult health refers to the many health conditions common in adulthood and the best practices to enhance health and prevent disease. It also includes adult medical care, such as routine health services, disease screenings, sexual health, reproductive health, and workplace health. Adult health is an all-encompassing term that comprises all of the complex medical needs that adults have and the methods adults can implement to improve their health.

Why is your health important as an adult?

As an adult, maintaining good health is important for many reasons, but chief among them is the ability to function optimally in both personal and professional life. Good health is essential to:

• Improve the quality of life
• Experience less physical pain and financial suffering
• Improve mental health
• Live better and longer
• Prevent the progression of diseases
• Have better chances of survival
• Safeguard family’s health

What is included in adult health?

Adult health is an umbrella term that refers to the various medical and health needs of the adult population. It can include:

• Lifestyle changes and disease management
• Reproductive health for men and women
• Clinical preventive services
• Sleep health
• Health history
• Blood pressure screening
• Blood pressure monitoring
• Diabetes screening
• STD screening and treatment, if symptomatic
• Height/Weight/BMI

When should an adult seek medical care?

There are many situations where an adult should seek medical care, including a long list of conditions and symptoms that require professional medical attention. Common reasons include:

Common cold or flu symptoms, including:

• Painful swallowing (more than a sore throat)
• Earache
• Cough lasts more than two weeks
• Persistent or severe vomiting
• Fever that does not go down
• Symptoms last more than 10 days

Diarrhea symptoms, including:

• Diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days
• Black, tarry stools
• Blood in stool
• Severe abdominal pain
• Signs of dehydration, such as:
• Very dry mouth or skin
• Fatigue
• Decreased urination
• Confusion
• Irritability

Headache symptoms, such as:

• Headaches are more severe or more frequent
• Headaches that get worse
• Headaches that prevent working, sleeping, or activities

Digestive issues, including:

• Feeling like food is caught in the throat
• Heartburn that does not go away
• Difficult or painful swallowing
• Hoarseness or sore throat that persists
• Nausea that will not go away
• Vomiting blood or bile (green)
• Severe or persistent abdominal pain
• Constipation or diarrhea that is persistent
• Stools that are black or bloody

Back pain symptoms, including:

• Constant pain
• Pain that spreads down the legs
• Weakness, numbness, or tingling in legs
• Pain plus unexplained weight loss
• Pain with swelling or redness on the back
• Pain with a fever

Head injuries that cause symptoms like:

• Dizziness and balance problems
• Nausea and vomiting
• Confusion
• Concentration and memory problems
• Feeling sluggish or foggy
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Sleep problems
• Mood changes

Menstrual problems, including:

• Period suddenly becomes irregular
• No period for 3 months or more
• Spotting (bleeding) between periods
• Period lasts much longer than usual
• Period is much heavier than usual
• Severe or disabling cramps

Mental health issues, including:

• Persistent feelings of depression or sadness
• Feeling extreme highs and lows
• Having excessive fear, worry, or anxiety
• Withdrawing from social interactions
• Changes in eating or sleeping
• Inability to cope with daily problems
• Delusions or hallucinations
• Substance abuse
• Thoughts of hurting oneself or others

Other symptoms that need medical attention include:

• Dizziness, lightheadedness, or feelings of fainting
• Shortness of breath
• Irregular heartbeats or rapid heartbeats
• Unexplained weight loss
• Fatigue that will not go away
• Severe sweating, especially cold sweats
• Swelling in the ankles or legs
• Rash along with a fever (over 100ºF)
• A new mole or other skin change

Adults require special care, which is why every adult should have a dedicated health specialist to care for their unique needs. At In Good Health, our adult health specialist can help you live a better quality of life so you have more time for the things that are most important to you. Call us today to book an appointment with our adult health specialist; we look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Las Vegas NV, Nellis AFB NV, Spring Valley NV, Winchester NV, Sunrise Manor NV, Paradise NV, and surrounding areas!

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